The Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen

Nowadays they are known as the Tuskegee Airmen but for the longest time they were the Army’s ‘best kept secret’ – black military pilots during WWII.

Even with the second world war already raging, young African-American men, eager to serve their country, had first to fight prejudice and systemic discrimination before they even faced the enemy. This is the story of the Army’s best kept secret during WWII – black combat pilots – the Tuskegee Airmen.

360 Historical Documentary

Release Date: November 1st, 2023
Format: 360 video
Runtime: 18 min

In the VR/360 film “The Tuskegee Airmen”, veterans of the 332nd Fighter Group tell in their own words how they became some of the best combat pilots of World War 2. Their journey lead them from training at the newly established air base in Tuskegee, Alabama, in the segregated South, to Ramitelli, in the Italian countryside where they flew bomber escorts. Their narration highlights their determination to reach their goal and to prove the naysayers wrong but also show the joy they experienced flying the fastest allied aircraft, the Mustang P51.

The VR/360 film was filmed on location at airfields in Tuskegee, Alabama, in downtown Tuskegee and at the Tuskegee University as well as in Ramitelli, Italy. The film also features fantastic scenes from inside and outside of a vintage P-51 Mustang which was filmed in Dallas, TX, at the CAF headquarters.

About WWII Foundation

16 million Americans served in World War II. Now, 76 years after the end of the war, the veteran population is rapidly dwindling. Less than 300,000 are still alive. And they are well into their nineties. Eventually the memories of the Greatest Generation, as Tom Brakow called them, will vanish with them.

However, several organizations and individuals made it their mission to preserve as many stories as they can. Notably the World War II Foundation is such an organization. Tim Gray, its founder and director, interviewed countless veterans.

Over the years, he collected personal stories from veterans that served in the Pacific and in Europe. This resulted in more than 25 films which are freely available for schools and educators.

To reach new audiences, Tim Gray decided to jump into VR in 2020. ‘The Tuskegee Airmen’ is the third 360/VR experience produced by Koncept VR for the World War II Foundation. Check out the previous films – Omaha Beach and Hold at All Costs.

Credits

Directed, Written and Edited by Uli Futschik
Executive Producer Tim Gray
Executive Producer Joergen Geerds
Director of Photography Joergen Geerds
Edited and Mastered Koncept VR
Graphics and Animations Koncept VR
SFX Koncept VR
Sound Mix Denise Barbarita, MONOLisa Studios
Original Score Adonis Tsilimparis
Illustrations by Chiara Masiero Sgrinzatto
Script Editor Wythe Marschall
Narrated by Jean-Francois Donaldson
P-51 Pilot Doug Rozendaal
Still Panoramas Willy Kaemena

Client

WWII Foundation

See the Film here

Nowadays they are known as the Tuskegee Airmen but for the longest time they were the Army’s ‘best kept secret’ – black military pilots during WWII.

Even with the second world war already raging, young African-American men, eager to serve their country, had first to fight prejudice and systemic discrimination before they even faced the enemy. This is the story of the Army’s best kept secret during WWII – black combat pilots – the Tuskegee Airmen.

360 Historical Documentary

Release Date: November 1st, 2023
Format: 360 video
Runtime: 18 min

In the VR/360 film “The Tuskegee Airmen”, veterans of the 332nd Fighter Group tell in their own words how they became some of the best combat pilots of World War 2. Their journey lead them from training at the newly established air base in Tuskegee, Alabama, in the segregated South, to Ramitelli, in the Italian countryside where they flew bomber escorts. Their narration highlights their determination to reach their goal and to prove the naysayers wrong but also show the joy they experienced flying the fastest allied aircraft, the Mustang P51.

The VR/360 film was filmed on location at airfields in Tuskegee, Alabama, in downtown Tuskegee and at the Tuskegee University as well as in Ramitelli, Italy. The film also features fantastic scenes from inside and outside of a vintage P-51 Mustang which was filmed in Dallas, TX, at the CAF headquarters.

About WWII Foundation

16 million Americans served in World War II. Now, 76 years after the end of the war, the veteran population is rapidly dwindling. Less than 300,000 are still alive. And they are well into their nineties. Eventually the memories of the Greatest Generation, as Tom Brakow called them, will vanish with them.

However, several organizations and individuals made it their mission to preserve as many stories as they can. Notably the World War II Foundation is such an organization. Tim Gray, its founder and director, interviewed countless veterans.

Over the years, he collected personal stories from veterans that served in the Pacific and in Europe. This resulted in more than 25 films which are freely available for schools and educators.

To reach new audiences, Tim Gray decided to jump into VR in 2020. ‘Hold at All Costs’ is the second 360/VR experience produced by Koncept VR for the World War II Foundation. Check out the previous one – Omaha Beach

Credits

Directed, Written and Edited by Uli Futschik
Executive Producer Tim Gray
Executive Producer Joergen Geerds
Field Producer Reg Jans
360 Camera Ignacio Ferrando Margeli, Joergen Geerds, Uli Futschik
Edited and Mastered Koncept VR
Graphics and Animations Koncept VR
SFX Denise Barbarita, R. Hollis Smith
Sound Mix Denise Barbarita, MONOLisa Studios
Original Score Adonis Tsilimparis
Illustrations by Chiara Masiero Sgrinzatto
Script Editor Keith Martin
Narrated by Bradley Hyland
Narration Recorder at American Voice Power

Client

WWII Foundation

See the Film here

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